A Lake in Switzerland

The first time I saw Lake Constance was when I spent a long weekend there with a girlfriend and her parents, way back in the eighties, shortly after I came to Switzerland. We arrived at the hotel, went up to our second-floor bedrooms, and – wow. There it was, a huge expanse of blue, stretching from Austria on the right, all the way along the Swiss bank in front and to the left, with Germany just visible on the opposite side.

Little did I know back then that one day I’d be living on the banks of this lake, and even less did I imagine I’d ever be a published writer. Now, X years and nine books later, I finally have a novel set here.

The view I saw that first time is the one admired by Stacy and Emily at the start of A Lake in Switzerland. Like me, they were gobsmacked, and like me, they visited many of the local tourist attractions during their time at the Lakeside Hotel. It’s a very picturesque area, though maybe not as well-known as the Matterhorn, for instance, or Lake Lucerne, or the mountains of the Bernese Oberland.

And that’s part of its charm. We have tourists here, but not in swarms. There’s space, and peace along the lakeside even in summer. Stacy and Emily have a hard time sightseeing at first, due to Emily’s injury, but with a little help they manage a cable car trip, a visit to the truly spectacular Rhine Falls, and of course, a boat trip on the lake. And all the time I was writing, I was sitting at my desk by the window, blue water flickering through trees along the lake bank in front of me, remembering my own visits to these places.

How lucky am I that I can re-visit so easily?

 

If you’d like to know more about life in N.E. Switzerland, have a look at my blog – regular posts about books, writing, and of course, lovely Switzerland! https://lindahuber.net/blog/

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And you can read about Stacy and Emily’s adventures in A Lake in Switzerland here: getBook.at/ALIS

Every Picture Tells a Story…

…or so they say. For me, one of the nicest parts of bringing out a new book is choosing – and working on – the cover image. This is the fun bit after the stress of editing and proof-reading.
My cover designer is the fabulous Debbie at The Cover Collection. I’ve worked with her since my third book, and the-saturday-secret-ebook-for-amazonwe’ve always managed to produce an image that created a suitably spooky and sinister atmosphere… and exactly that was the first problem I encountered when I started to look for a cover for The Saturday Secret, my first collection of feel-good short stories. My other books are psychological suspense novels, so my usual rummage round the horror section on The Cover Collection’s website was unlikely to produce results.
Okay, I said to myself. The romance section is huge, surely I’ll find something there. And I have to say it was a refreshing change, scrolling through lovely scenic photos, and pics of wedding rings and flowers etc. Not a dead body or a zombie in sight…
My usual modus operandi with book covers is to find an image on Debbie’s website, and then we work together, tweaking it according to the feeling I want to create. But again, this time was different. I hadn’t been two minutes in the romance section before the next problem hit me.
What was I looking for, actually? The Saturday Secret is a collection of short stories. Some are romantic, some humorous, some bittersweet. I should maybe add that at this point, I hadn’t settled on a title for my book either. Ideas like Tea Break Tales were floating through my head – or should I take the title of one of the stories? A thorough search of the website didn’t produce any images I fancied for Tea Break Tales, but several pics could fit one or other of the stories. I could choose that bride and groom pic, and call the book after The Party Partners. Or the pic with the bike, and call it after Lucky for Some. Or something with a baby??? There are a couple of baby stories in there too…
Then I saw it – the ideal cover image. A garden bench, just like the one in my story The Saturday Secret. Perfect! It was the work of a moment to change the original wisteria in my text to roses, and give one of the characters an apple to munch. The image needed no tweaking, apart from some contrast on the edging.
And here it is, my first-born non-psychological suspense book. I’m really pleased to have the support of the magnificent Fabrian Books team with this venture – doing something completely different can be scary, so huge thanks there!
The Saturday Secret is a charity collection. All 2017 profits will be going to Doctors Without Borders, so everyone who buys this book will be contributing to making some poor soul’s life a little easier. I’ll finish off now by saying a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who does exactly that!

Linda lindahuber

 

Congratulations, Linda! The Saturday Secret is available to buy here.

 

 

 

 

Double Delight for February!

agac-final-coverWe are absolutely delighted to announce that February will bring two new additions to Fabrian Books. Jackie Ladbury’s gorgeously romantic debut novel, Air Guitar and Caviar, will be published on February 5th and will be available in Kindle and paperback formats.

Here’s the blurb:

Busker Dylan spends his days pulling pints in the local pub and singing on the high street, waiting for fame to call. That suits him fine, until beautiful, but frosty, air stewardess, Scarlett, tosses some coins into his hat but ignores his killer smile and his offer of pizza.

He sets out to get the girl, but Scarlett isn’t in the right frame of mind to date anyone, let alone a penniless, if charming, busker boy.

Dylan’s desperate for his big break, but will it bring him the happiness he longs for? And with Scarlett’s past threatening to ruin her future, will Dylan be left to make sweet music all on his own?

the-saturday-secret-ebook-for-amazonA little later in the month, it’s the turn of established author, Linda Huber, who – in a dramatic change from her usual psychological suspense novels – has put together a collection of fifteen feel-good short stories, previously published in magazines. The Saturday Secret will available from mid-February in Kindle and paperback formats. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

The Saturday Secret and other Stories is a collection of fifteen tales of life, love, and family – perfect for a coffee-break! Previously published in UK national magazines, the stories are about relationships within the family and without – some are humorous, some bittersweet; all are upbeat and emotional.

The Party Partners   Belinda and Phillip have fun at weddings, engagement parties and all sorts of celebrations. But anything more personal was out of the question – or was it?

Family Matters   Gary shares Sharon’s dream of having children – but as far as he’s concerned, it’s something for the future.

Corinna’s Big Day   It was the most important day in baby Corinna’s life, but for Madge, it was one of the saddest…

Lucky for Some   You might say drawing number 13 in the cycle rally was bad luck. You might say falling off was bad luck, too. But Hilary knew better!

Patiently Waiting   Mike woke up after his operation and saw the girl of his dreams. The problem was the engagement ring she wore on a chain round her neck…

The Saturday Secret   What was she up to? The whole family wanted to know! But Gran wasn’t telling…

We can’t wait for February so we can share these wonderful books with you at last. Look out for more news coming soon, and remember, this is just the start of another amazing year at Fabrian Books!